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UnionAID Funding for Two New Union Projects

Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees Union (FTZGSE) has been funded to build union membership campaigns around two objectives: awareness and action to end workplace violence and harassment using standards developed by the International Labour Organisation and a Government social security policy which provides support for workers in need such as during pandemics. The …

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Striking Myanmar Teachers Supported by NZ Teacher Unions

In spite of risks posed by the Myanmar military, over 475 Karen children have been able to attend home-based schooling. Classes are provided by 62 striking teachers from the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM). With generous donations from the NZEI and PPTA teacher unions, these volunteers provide mathematics, geography, English and Myanmar language classes to children …

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Successful Eco Project Sustains Whole Myanmar Village

In a remote village in Myanmar, a recent harvest of gourd, corn, pumpkin, beans, cucumber, radish, and marrow – to mention just a few of the many crops – provides clear evidence of the success of the Ecovillage Project. Started in 2019by Khin Zar Chi Latt, a Myanmar Young Leader programme alumna (MYLP 2016), this permaculture …

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Football tournament wins new union members in Indonesia

Holding a football tournament to recruit new union members was just one of the ideas emerging from a recent workshop run by Alfian Pelu, from the 2019 Indonesian Young Leaders Programme (IYLP). When Covid put paid to his original plan, Alfian developed a pilot project using materials from First Union where he spent time while …

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Go BIEN: Catchy Campaigns Attract Members

Who would have thought serenading the government with a Christmas carol about pay and conditions for call centre members would be a useful campaigning tool? But this has been just one of the effective strategies thought up by our youthful partners at BIEN in the Philippines. to draw attention to the effects of the pandemic …

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Online learning a hit with Young Leaders

Positive feedback from participants of the Indonesia and Mindanao Young Leader Programmes reflected how relevant and enjoyable online learning has been made by the programme managers, Caroline Novak, Laila Harre and Alex Hill. As one young leader from Mindanao said, One thing I found really interesting in this journey was that online learning can be …

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Striking workers continue to thwart Myanmar military

Thanks to our generous donors and supporters, $42,600 in donations have been sent directly to groups in Myanmar through UnionAID’s networks. This supports workers to defy the military and remain on strike. One month’s financial support to sustain 454 workers participating in the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) strike action.  This includes nurses, doctors, teachers, clerical …

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Youth voice brings changes in Myanmar border camps

Songs, poems, and video clips have illustrated the experiences of young people from Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) camps in northern Myanmar. Working in pairs, these 154 young men and women shared stories of their lives in a small co-designed project on the Kachin border with China, funded by UnionAID. Common concerns shared were: no job …

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14 year old Sharadha holds an English textbook

Promoting education for children of unionists: NZEI project

The child of impoverished parents working as agricultural labourers, 14 year old Sharadha (left) has blossomed at the evening tuition centre in her Puliyankulam.  Previously, Sharadha struggled at school and was hesitant to interact with others. After attending the Tamil Nadu Labour Union tuition centre, she was promoted to eighth standard at her normal school. …

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Yubraj is sitting on the right against a blue background. He is using a laptop while he interviews a Top Glove worker (right)

Small project reaps real benefits for Nepalese workers

Nepalese workers from the Top Glove factory in Malaysia are better off today thanks to UnionAID and our project partner in Nepal, Yubraj Khadka.  After an international campaign forced Top Glove (whose profits rose 1646% due to Covid) to offer compensation to its former migrant workers for exorbitant and illegal recruitment fees, UnionAID partnered with …

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